công an

VietnameseEdit

 Công an nhân dân Việt Nam on Vietnamese Wikipedia

EtymologyEdit

Sino-Vietnamese word from 公安.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

công an (公安)

  1. public security
    đồn công anpublic security station
  2. (colloquial) public security (law enforcement) officer
    nhờ công an chỉ đườngto ask a public security officer for directions

Usage notesEdit

  • While công an refers to the law enforcement forces in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, equivalent institutions outside of Vietnam and the People's Republic of China are usually referred to as cảnh sát. Cảnh sát also refers to various branches of such forces in Vietnam.

See alsoEdit